This is an opportunity for a building-based theatre company in England to partner with RTYDS and to benefit from having an experienced director with a strong professional track-record in residence for 18 months. The Associate Artistic Director will develop their craft as a director while learning about the role of an artistic director in cultural leadership.
It is essential that the Associate Artistic Director has a demonstrable and substantial impact on their host organisation, but we also want to provide an opportunity for the director to impact on the wider theatre industry. To achieve this the Associate Artistic Director will spend some of their working time with RTYDS over the course of the 18-month residency. The director will represent both the host theatre and RTYDS at a national level contributing to debates and initiatives that make theatre more representative and inclusive.
The Associate Artistic Director will be a full-time equivalent role, split between the host theatre and RTYDS. The ratio of working time is expected to be 70% with the host theatre and 30% with RTYDS, with timings to be agreed so as to suit the theatre’s planning cycles and the Associate Artistic Directors directing and project commitments. When the Associate Artistic Director is working directly with RTYDS, the focus of the work will be nationwide, with some tasks being undertaken remotely. This will not have to take place in Manchester.
The Associate Artistic Director will be offered a salary of (up to) £30,000pa pro rata for the 18-month period, to which the host theatre will contribute £10,000. The balance of the salary, minimum employers pension contribution and employer’s national insurance will be provided by RTYDS.
We acknowledge that the Associate Artistic Director needs to fit within the existing structure of the host organisation, therefore the role title may need to be discussed with the selected theatre.
The theatre will integrate the Associate Artistic Director in the senior management team and deliver opportunities to develop knowledge, experience and skills in:
• Artistic leadership; building internal and external relationships as a senior manager
• Making work on a scale they haven’t previously
• Programming; creating dialogue with audiences
• Public funding, stakeholders, financial planning
• Artist development/commissioning of work
• Creative learning/outreach
Time working with RTYDS will provide the Associate Artistic Director with opportunities to:
• Deepen their understanding of the ecology of the UK theatre industry and create relationships with buildings and companies across England
• Build a national network of connections
• Contribute meaningfully to the debate on equality, inclusion and diversity at a national level
• Instigate and lead initiatives that make theatre more representative and inclusive
• Experience leadership and governance in a small sector support organisation and contribute to strategic planning at a national scale